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THIS, THIS my friends, is a gem. 
14th-Aug-2009 09:15 am
The GOP's Misplaced Rage
by Bruce Bartlett

Leading conservative economist Bruce Bartlett writes that the Obama-hating town-hall mobs have it wrong—the person they should be angry with left the White House seven months ago.
Where is the evidence that everything would be better if Republicans were in charge? Does anyone believe the economy would be growing faster or that unemployment would be lower today if John McCain had won the election? I know of no economist who holds that view. The economy is like an ocean liner that turns only very slowly. The gross domestic product and the level of employment would be pretty much the same today under any conceivable set of policies enacted since Barack Obama’s inauguration.

In January, the Congressional Budget Office projected a deficit this year of $1.2 trillion before Obama took office, with no estimate for actions he might take. To a large extent, the CBO’s estimate simply represented the $482 billion deficit projected by the Bush administration in last summer’s budget review, plus the $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program, which George W. Bush rammed through Congress in September over strenuous conservative objections. Thus the vast bulk of this year’s currently estimated $1.8 trillion deficit was determined by Bush’s policies, not Obama’s.

I think conservative anger is misplaced. To a large extent, Obama is only cleaning up messes created by Bush. This is not to say Obama hasn’t made mistakes himself, but even they can be blamed on Bush insofar as Bush’s incompetence led to the election of a Democrat. If he had done half as good a job as most Republicans have talked themselves into believing he did, McCain would have won easily.

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14th-Aug-2009 07:10 pm (UTC)
Pretty much.
14th-Aug-2009 01:54 pm (UTC)
this is all saying exactly what I've been suspecting and wanting to express, but was not well versed enough to say

14th-Aug-2009 07:10 pm (UTC)
That was almost my exact reaction as well!
14th-Aug-2009 04:25 pm (UTC)
When one has a mote of common sense and admits to having it, it's pretty easy to state the obvious. There's much said in Bartlett's piece that many of us knew intuitively or knew empirically for the past 15 to 25 years (like Clinton reducing the cost of government, unlike his immediate predecessors and successor--which I've been trying for YEARS to get the conservative fucktards to understand)...but I wish that Bartlett would also take responsibility publically for his own role in "Reagonomics" and the trainwreck of Bushco.

On another note, I have an idea that our mutual friend major7 is stopping by to see you today on his way farther south...please give him a bearhug for me!
14th-Aug-2009 07:11 pm (UTC)
Bearhug was delivered!
14th-Aug-2009 05:14 pm (UTC)
Too bad the people who need to hear this are the people who are least likely to hear it, much less acknowledge the logic behind it. :/
14th-Aug-2009 07:12 pm (UTC)
Well, when you only surround yourself with those who agree with you and tell you you're right about everything, that's what happens. It's like a Cone Of Stupid or something.
14th-Aug-2009 11:48 pm (UTC)
Yup. Unfortunately, everyone else has to suffer from the Cone of Stupid. -sigh-
15th-Aug-2009 12:02 am (UTC)
I hate how people keep living in the now when it comes to politics as if there is no history. Do people think that Obama started with a clean slate when he took office? Sure, if you buy a used computer you can reload the operating system from scratch and have a fresh system. You can't do that with the fucking federal government!

8 years of Bush was dropped on Obama's lap. It's a big pile of stink and it does not wash away overnight. It's as if the Republicans set us up for failure.
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